With the addition of a new bottling line in its Rose Hill production facility, Duplin Winery now has the capability to bottle 9,000 bottles of wine per hour. The Winery’s previous bottling line bottled 6,000 bottles an hour.
The new line, built in Italy by GIA, was delivered in February, but it took months to set up and tailor the technology to each specific bottle and label, according to a release from Duplin Winery. It was purchased through Prospero Equipment in New York and shipped by boat in three sections.
The first part of the bottling line rinses the bottles, fills them with CO2, then with wine and vacuum corks the bottle. The second machine applies and heat-shrinks the capsules to the bottle. The third part of the line applies front and back labels to the bottles.
In 2018, Duplin produced 1.2 million gallons of wine and sold 500,000 cases of wine. Duplin recently expanded its tank capacity to 1.75 million gallons. This year, with a larger tank capacity and a new bottling line Duplin expects to surpass last year’s record.
“We are thrilled about this addition and what it means for our yearly production,” said Dave Fussell, Co-owner of Duplin Winery. “We have been busy updating our production facility, equipment, our Rose Hill, NC winery, and hope to continue to grow.”